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Flydubai pilot to be laid to rest

Relatives of victims of crashed Flydubai Boeing 737-800 seen at Rostov-On-Don airport (archives)

ARISTOS Socratous, the Limassolian pilot of the doomed March Flydubai crash in Russia, will finally be laid to rest on Wednesday.

The funeral will take place at St Nicholas church in Limassol some three months after the fatal FZ 981 flight of a Boeing 737-800 on March 19, 2016. In all, 62 passengers and crew died while the Flydubai flight tried to land at Rostov airport in southern Russia under harsh weather conditions.

The 37 year-old pilot used to work for defunct Helios Airways, the airline which was shut down after its 737 Boeing crashed on route from Larnaca to Athens killing 121 people in August 2005

The flight was reportedly one of the last Sokratous was going to be piloting for the airline as he had been hired by Ryanair and was going to return to the island within the next few weeks or even days.

He left behind a pregnant wife, expecting their son.

Sokratous studied at Oxford Aviation Academy and had moved to Dubai after Helios closed down.

Reports suggested it was the first time Sokratous attempted to land at the airport in Rostov-on-Don.

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